Holiday Guide

I love figuring out what to get people for holidays but I almost never know how to answer the question, “what do you want for Christmas?” So year round, I keep track of my favorite things. If you need to get someone an interesting gift, let me suggest my lists:

Stuff My Friends Would Like

Buy Me This
Jewelry I Want

Delicious: Buy Me

In terms of things I have used this year that I have loved and would suggest you purchase:

  • GoToobs-good for travel or going to the gym.

    CapCap-also by HumanGear. If you use Nalgenes frequently, these are great and totally make me drink more water.

    GSI DukJug-It’s a water bottle that resists odor, has an awesome sippy cup lid, and has a built in area for holding duct tape. Okay I’ve never used that function, but I love this container and I recently called the company for a replacement sippycup lid, and the people who work they were really great to me.

    Lands’ End Tugless Tank
    -I swim several times a week and this is the best suit I have found for actual swimming if you have boobs. It’s usually on sale too! Full disclosure: Lands’ End is affiliated with my employer, but that really doesn’t make a difference for me.

    Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves-had them last year and loved them. Bought an extra pair this year.

    Trader Joe’s Frozen Ahi Tuna Chunks-A major component of my diet. Because they are frozen I can sear them on the outside while keeping them raw inside. Amazing.

    Traverse Bay Dried Cherries-Good price, delicious.

    Timbuk2 Slacker Backpack-In general I am a big fan of all Timbuk2 Backpacks. For messenger bags I have always been more of a Chrome person. If you want a well thought out backpack that doesn’t make you look like you’re in high school, I highly suggest Timbuk2. Now I think all of their backpacks come with a bottle opener built in. No matter how much I abuse this bag, it looks brand new. I get compliments on it all the time, especially at business events, where I feel like a kid wearing a backpack, usually. I think this bag has been superseded by the Swig.

    Online Glasses-this was the first year I convinced a lot of people to buy glasses online, and once you have, you never think about buying them in a store again. I’ve ordered from a lot of places, but for my money Coastal Contacts and Zenni Optical remain my favorites. Both have great coupons & deals if you sign up for their mailing list. Both have very large selections and a lot of new styles all the time, which is what I am always looking for. Both have a really great left hand navigation filtration system. I know a lot of people who started with Warby Parker, but to my mind they have an extremely narrow selection. They seem kind of overpriced, and mainly aimed at people who need to try on the glasses before pulling the trigger. I can see why you might need this the first time you purchase glasses online, but for people who’ve done it before it seems unnecessary. Most of their glasses are all in the same style and in very traditional colors, which is just not at all what I am looking for.

  • What I’d love but haven’t found:

  • A non-wool but odor repellant version of Smartwool socks, underwear & baselayers
    A sports bra that limited bouncing without me having to wear 2 sports bras
    A travel backpack for my upcoming trip to Turkey,
    An arch supportive casual black oxford shoe for women
    More pink sneakers, particularly neon pink & orange or neon pink & black.
    Shoe organization shelves
    A Jewelry box that isn’t wood but is more modernist looking.
    Makeup organization (actually a Pink Box)

    1. E says:

      I absolutely love my sports bra. Basically zero movement up and down or side to side without feeling like I’ve bound my ample bosom.

    2. Vanessa says:

      I have my makeup in a Pink Box–but not the drawered model. I like it!

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